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NEWS
TOTAL LICENSING
FREMANTLE ANNOUNCE FIRST NORDIC DEAL
WINNER OF INDIA’S GOT TALENT FOR BEVERLY
FremantleMedia, has announced the successful finale of India’s Got Talent
HILLS 90210
with The Prince Dance Group being named as the show’s inaugural winners.
CBS’s Scandinavian agent Alicom Li-
The dance troupe’s mythically inspired performance saw its members painted
censing has successfully brokered a
in silver body paint and its main dancer as the blue, Lord Vishnu. The 20-strong
deal for Beverly Hills 90210.
group from Orissa, India dazzled
Bik Bok, the Norwegian retailer with
their judges and the rest of India.
stores throughout the Nordic Re-
This first successful season of
gion as well as in the UK, has signed
India’s Got Talent was aired on
on to become a licensee for Beverly
the Colors Channel - the flagship
Hills 90210.
brand of Viacom 18.
Bik Bok has developed a range of ap-
Bar the troupe’s choreographer
parel including t-shirts, sweatshirts
Krisha Mohan Reddy, all members
and pants which have already proved
of The Prince Dance Group work
to be a hit in stores. The first orders
as construction site labourers
sold out within a couple of weeks.
living in extreme poverty.
They went home with Rupees
50 lakh ($102,650), a car and, as
an extra, the Orissa government
contributed a cash prize of
Rupees one crore ($205,350) and four acres of land for the group to build
their own dance academy.
“The discovery of the Prince Dance Group symbolizes what the Got Talent
format is all about. This show provides a fantastic platform for performers of
all sorts to reveal their unique talents to the whole country” says Saurindra
Kumar Barua, Managing Director of FremantleMedia India.
The Got Talent format, which is co-owned by Syco, has travelled to 31 territories
and is a hit with audiences around the world. India was the first Asian country
to launch Got Talent as a local format.
VOICE OF BRITISH MOTORSPORT STARS IN ROARY
Legendary British commentator Murray Walker is set to I was delighted when I was invited to join the cast and
make his debut on children’s television with an appearance absolutely enthralled to take part in the studio recordings
on Roary the Racing Car. with Peter Kay and the rest of
The veteran voice of motorsport the jolly cast. They have been the
was rumoured to be discussing a most enormous fun and I now
lucrative come-back deal as the feel that I have achieved fame at
new Formula 1 commentator when last by becoming part of such an
it returned to the BBC this season. outstanding entertainment!”
But Walker, best known for his Walker will appear in two special
Formula 1 coverage over 52 years, episodes of Roary the Racing Car,
is instead set to play himself in the to be aired on Five’s Milkshake! and
animated racing car cartoon. Nick Jr.
Walker’s excitable commentary Greg Lynn, Executive Producer
style was deemed perfect for of Roary the Racing Car, said:
the fast-paced adventures set on “Murray is a legend and one of the
Silver-Hatch race track. Other most likeable and well respected
celebrities already working on commentators in motor sport
the show include comedian Peter history, so we were naturally thrilled
Kay as the voice of Big Chris, and when he agreed to commentate for
British racing driver Sir Stirling us. We are currently in the process
Moss who narrates the series. of making the two special episodes
Murray Walker said, “So many of of the show, so we’ll have to wait
my friends with children, literally and see whether the Murrayisms
from all over the world, have told me how much they enjoy we loved to hear during Formula 1 are replicated for our
watching Roary the Racing Car with their youngsters that younger audience.”
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